Bollywood is full of talented people. From directors to actors, from singers to actresses, everybody is extremely talented in their lane. But there are also some who took up challenges out of their league. There are many Bollywood actors who started their career as assistant directors.
Some take up acting after working behind the camera and some revert to took up direction after making a successful career in acting. There has been a giant leap in some artists’ career before they actually made their acting debut in the industry.
Mostly star kids start off as assistant directors. In this way, they are introduced to the Hindi film industry. And naturally, their goal in life is acting and not direction. These actors instead of joining an acting school, assist many renowned directors in learning the technicalities behind making a film.
Here are some Bollywood actors who forayed into the film industry as assistant directors.
1. Ranbir Kapoor
He assisted his father Rishi Kapoor’s directorial debut, Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) and also worked behind the camera in films like PremGranth (1996), Sanjay Leela Bhansali production, Black (2005).
2. Ranveer Singh
He worked with film maker, Aditya Chopra before making his debut with Band Baaja Baarat. Ranveer has also assisted Shaad Ali in films like Bunty Aur Babli and some ad films as well.
3. Siddharth Malhotra
Like Varn he too worked as an assistant director in the movie, My Name Is Khan. After quitting modeling, he opted for the profession but soon KJo noticed the talent in him and thus signed him for Student of the Year opposite Alia Bhatt.
4. Sonam Kapoor
She assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in the 2005 movie, Black. It proved to be a major hit across the globe.He even suggested her to try acting as a career.
5. Hrithik Roshan
He assisted his father and famous director, Rakesh Roshan, on several films, including the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer King Uncle (1993) and the Anil Kapoor-starrer Karobaar (2000).
6. Varun Dhawan
Varun assisted his Godfather, Karan Johar in Shahrukh starrer My Name is Khan. It was only Karan who offered him to work with him in Student of the Year.
7. Arjun Kapoor
He started off as an assistant director and has assisted many filmmakers along the way in movies Shakthi: The Power (2002), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and Salaam-e-Ishq (2007). It was only due to Salman who persuaded him into getting into shape and opt for acting instead of involving in direction.
8. Emraan Hashmi
He has assisted Vikram Bhatt in 2002 film, Raaz. He also worked with Vishesh Films as an assistant director.